how to email your professor
This week I don’t have time for a longer post in the spring semester study tips series, so I thought instead I would borrow from a related and useful post written by Chris Blattman entitled, “Students: How to email to your Professor, employer, and professional peers.” Here is a teaser:
4. Capitalize and punctuate. otherwise we will lol at yr sad attempts
To his list, I would add: sign with your full name. Not all email addresses come into our inboxes with your name (sometimes with just your email address listed), and if you don’t tell us who you are while also breaking Blattman Rule #1 (keeping the email@example.com email address you got in high school), we will have a hard time figuring out who you are.
Finally, don’t rely only on email to communicate with your professor. Questions that you expect other students might be asking could be posted to a course’s online discussion forum (you’re providing a public good by asking it there). And, some things are best asked in person. That’s why next week’s post is going to discuss “how to go to office hours.” If you have any additional advice on emailing profs (or on next week’s post on office hours), please leave them in the comments.